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Ian Kniel
Current Residence: Edmonton, AB
Favourite genre of music: Pop or folk
Favourite style of art: Impressionist paintings
Operating System: Mac OS X
So who's in the mood for a little story?

This one begins a few months ago amidst my time-killing internet browsing. My life had reached a state of veritable boredom and the days were beginning to blur together into a murky soup. Going through the list of my bookmarked sites, searching for news of an update to give meaning and excitement to my otherwise lacking existence, I notice that I had received a message on none other than deviantArt.

Further investigation into the message reveals I have no idea who this person is, nor have I met them before. Intrigued, I read what they have left to me in my inbox. I learn that they, like me once upon a time, are an art student; and like me they were given an assignment to reproduce a Group of Seven painting. Unlike me however, they became entangled in a mess, betrayed by google image search.

In choosing a suitable piece to reproduce, it seems they were led astray and managed to come across my own painting. Number Three specifically, the one to the left if you're on my main profile page at the time of writing, is the piece they found. Confidant in their selection and unaware of their error, they began to work away. It was only until later, half way through their own piece, that an inquisitive peer brought up the original painting. Retracing their internet steps, our art student relocated Number Three, and continued to follow the trail to its source.

It was here where they discovered the true nature of the piece. Not in fact a marvelled Group of Seven classic, but instead the very reflection of what they themselves had created- a reproduction by an art student.

Taking a moment to sit back and ponder what I had read, I felt an odd blend of empathy and joy begin to bubble within, (though not in the sadistic manner that it may sound like). While I was sorry to hear that a student had made a critical error in their assignment, I was also thrilled that someone had enjoyed my piece so much as to attempt its reproduction; delighted that the same ritual of examination, contemplation, and realization that I had bestowed upon the Group of Seven, was in turn bestowed to me. Misconceptions aside, my work touched someone more so than any other true Group of Seven, and that is pretty special to me.

I later learned that thanks to a merciful art teacher, and I imagine a very long winded explanation, our art student was allowed to proceed with their piece without any adverse affects to their grade. Seeing as this was something of a growing experience for us both, I have decided to declare this a happy ending.

Thank you, Swooping Puma :iconswooping-puma:

You may now go about your day.
  • Mood: Happy Tears
  • Listening to: Les étoiles filantes - Les Cowboys Fringant
  • Reading: facebook messages
  • Watching: various pokémon videos
  • Playing: Heavy Rain, second play through

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baiternader Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Joined up with that Terra Firma Forum...

Enjoy your works, hope to talk with you soon
Madam-Mouse Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR IAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aurikan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
Awww, you remembered! Thank you Mousie.

I feel bad I couldn't remember yours. I know it's november, but the numbers are what I'm terrible with. Was it the 27th? P:
Madam-Mouse Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010

Bravo. ^-^ You remembered just fine.

So, did you eat lots of cake for you birthday? I ate some cake on your behalf... and because it was yummy ^.^ Did you do fun things!?


It's your first unbirthday of the year!!!!!!!! XD Happy unbirthday to you!
Aurikan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
There was a little cake, yes. Nothing really to brag about in terms of fun stuff until this weekend. Sammie Rashelle, and I will probably have a super-awesome rockband party this weekend.

By the way, what's an unbirthday?
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Madam-Mouse Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
I had an odd odd dream, sir, and you were in it! How odd? Except it was the way you looked in grade 7. O_O

I'm taking it as a sign we don't talk enough v_v


So, how are you?
Aurikan Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
o___O Wow, I don't even remember how I looked in grade 7… except for the hippie-hair… but let's not talk about that. >___>

I've been alright. I'm still getting over a stupid cold that I've had for good week though Dx Not the most fun I've ever had.

What about you? How's things?
Madam-Mouse Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
Your hair looked better then, in my opinion. :P RE-EMBRACE THE INNER HIPPIE. O_O

I'm good. I've been keeping myself busy with homework, normal work, and a little free reading here and there.

No snow here yet, which is odd.
Aurikan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
Same here! It just snowed a few days ago, but up until then there was nothing. Weird stuff.

I'm thinking about applying for a volunteer position at the rehabilitation hospital near the school. They have an art gallery there that's looking for help :3
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Madam-Mouse Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
*pokes with stick*

Are you dead? O_O
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